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Two TTU System Universities Named to ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ List

Angelo State University and Texas Tech University are two of 86 colleges and universities recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

July 22, 2015 | Contact Doug Hensley

ASU CampusAngelo State University has been named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2009, 2013 and 2015.

Two universities in the Texas Tech University SystemAngelo State University and Texas Tech Universityhave been named as “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2015 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national source for news, jobs and information for college and university faculty and administrators.

Angelo State University and Texas Tech University are two of only 86 U.S. institutions of higher education selected for the recognition. Both universities were among the eight Texas four-year institutions of higher education to make the list and were two of the three state-supported universities to be honored. 

"Having two of our universities make this respected list is a tremendous honor and reaffirms what we have known for some time—that the Texas Tech University System has great universities with great people," Robert L. Duncan, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, said. “Our administration, faculty and staff all work diligently to provide a first-class experience for students and a first-class environment for people to not just work, but to build a career. Congratulations to both of our universities and dedicated employees on this recognition.” 

This is the second consecutive year for Texas Tech University to make the list. Angelo State University also ranked highly enough to be one of only 42 institutions named to The Chronicle’s 2015 Honor Roll and was previously identified as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2009 and 2013.

"Our faculty and staff have formed an outstanding team as they work together to deliver the quality education and other campus services that today’s students expect and deserve," Angelo State University President Brian J. May said. “In doing so, they have also created an incredibly positive and supportive work environment, so it is only fitting that they receive this type of national recognition.”

The Chronicle’s 2015 Great Colleges to Work For® program is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its eighth year, The Chronicle recognizes the colleges and universities that get top ratings from employees on workforce practices and policies.

TTU CampusThis is the second consecutive year for Texas Tech University to make the “Great Colleges to Work For” list.  

To be selected to the prestigious Great Colleges to Work For® list, The Chronicle, in conjunction with ModernThink LLC, surveys hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. It is a two-part assessment process with a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff followed by an institutional audit to capture demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution that participates. The Chronicle survey evaluates employee satisfaction in four general areas: leadership, the workplace, careers and compensation. 

Liz McMillen, editor for The Chronicle, said the Great Colleges to Work For® program shows how participating colleges and universities are getting things right. 

“They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work,” she said. “The faculty and staff who make up our readership want to know which institutions are Great Colleges to Work For® because many of them are either seeking to improve their own campus or are looking for that next great career opportunity. 

“The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit people who make them a success.” 

This year 281 institutions throughout the United States participated, including 185 four-year institutions and 96 two-year institutions. Last year only 278 institutions participated.  

After the data was gathered, Texas Tech University excelled in the job satisfaction and professional/career development programs categories. According to the surveys, faculty members say their job is meaningful to themselves and the college, and they have opportunities to develop their skills and understand the requirements needed for career advancement. 

“I am so proud of the faculty and staff for their efforts that made this designation possible,” Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis said. “Texas Tech is such a closely-knit university, and our faculty and staff are a big part of that. They are all dedicated to one another and our students, and I commend everyone’s efforts for making Texas Tech a great institution to work for.” 

About the Texas Tech University System 
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the nation, consisting of four component institutions —Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso—and operating at 12 academic sites and centers.  Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach around the globe.  

In 2014, the Texas Tech University System endowment exceeded $1 billion, total research expenditures were approximately $215 million and total enrollment approached 47,000 students. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school and medical school at the same location, the Texas Tech University System continues to prove that anything is possible.